Throwing Digital Sheep discusses why it is currently near impossible to make a Superman game that stays true to the character.
It really is a challenge bringing superman into a game. Interesting read. I think your best bet would be to create a justice league game and maybe utilize superman on a specific mission designed around him, I don't know. I do know that I'd rather have no superman game than another stinker.
To be honest, I really hope that after 3 'dark' Arkham games, they might try their hand on a more 'fun' and 'lighter' game, like Samurai Pizza Cats, set in a gorgeous big colourful Little Tokyo, full of fun characters and side-missions and such. The possibilities are endless. The potential huge. And the whole fighting system, the sneaking around, the bouncing off rooftops and soaring through the skies gameplay.... they can all implement that into the game.
Why let a good video game studio go to waste ?
Why would they go to waste? They made 3 fantastic Arkham games, and they said they're done with it, so it would be nice to see them do something fresh and colorful now. Most games these days seem to be dark & serious, so a huge open world 3d free-roaming action-platformer in a fun setting could be a nice change of pace.
If one studio can make a good superman game is Rocksteady and we all know it. However as many have stated his is a broken character. He has so many iterations and he's even more overpowered with each one its literarly a challenge to presenting him with a beleivable setting where he would actually get to use his powers and stil be fair to that universe. Now if I were to make a superman game I would focus on full environment destruction, permanent destruction. He would need to be in an infinite world, like no mans sky with unlimited procedural planets and worthy opponents (well most of the time). Or another idea could have him discover a lost Cryptonian colony far away in another galaxy where that planet orbits a massive yellow sun (yeah that solves alot of issues i know). When he arrives there he discovers that the colony split up in factions some good some impartial some bad and some hell bent in destroying the universe. That way sups can have at it unrestrained. I know a superman game is a no no in the gaming world but its a damn shame no one has the cohones and ambition to utilise sups universe. Maybe we need more powerfull tech i dont know...what i do know though is that Rocksteady has the chops to do it.
Someone who remembers Samurai Pizza cats?OMG,we shoud be friends.
Superman is lame. Watchmen game ftw!!! Or coneheads.
The only company that should make a Watchmen game is TellTale, and even then this is absolutely not necessary
Agreed. Basically the technology has not yet reached a point where we can have a superman game. You would have to be able to fly anywhere around the world, and also destroy anything. The only other way to do it is to remove all his powers at the start of the game, and for him to gradually gain them, with the last one being flight. But I'm not sur ethat would work either, it's way too cliche.
Its not just that....its that his character is too broken! This man is legit the best at everything, how do you even create a normal challenge for him? Can you even get killed by a normal enemy? lol Best superman game would be with all of the city with kryptonite bad goons and superman must fight them with smarts until he can get rid of the kryptonite.. Its just too hard to do anything with him based purely on him being created, way, way, way too over powered.
Agreed, Superman has the powers of a god but most of the time he chooses not to use them. He's a silly character from the outset but most of his life is spent in the guise of Clark Kent anyway, the only way it could work is if they made a game which was 90% Clark and only had a few set pieces as Superman where you got unrestrained use of your powers. It could till be open world but you could have a mission sequence where once Clark's investigations or whatever are done then the phone booths become active and you can change into Superman. I've envisioning something between L.A Noire and Watch Dogs.
Not every iteration of Superman is that powerful, ya know...
It's not that the character is broken, he has his weakness, either physical or sentimental. But I do agree he is hard to put in a video game
@Silent- I know. Merely that core Superman lore has him extremely powerful with way, way too many powers to make in a game with real challenge. I like some of ideas people have been throwing around lol. Put him in limbo, have him fight in a different realm like in Final Crisis lol. I even like what Mutant brought up with having him be Superman less and more clark kent, but I would like a game where you play as him as a child growing up and the powers were given to him over the course of the game. I just disagree with him not being broken, out of all the comic's I've read and films I've seen...he is easily the most broken! For gods sake...he reads someone's mind in the comics! lol, he went back in TIME! http://en.wikipedia.org/wik... Its literally "comical" no pun intended. They've made him so over powered and broken, that some of the best comics I've read of him have been with him having less powers not more. The more you give him, the more you make it sorta unfair and even questionable about his ability to not beat some of those bad guys lol. I also love all the arcs with Batman having some kryptonite on him as to have some insurance on Superman...he's so powerful, we need to know he won't get out of line one day lol. But Mutant-spud brought up some good points! It can be done, if done a certain way. I'm still not too sure we can have a game if he has all his powers unless he was in some other realm being beat on by all the villain or alternate reality Supermen aka Black Superman or Russian Superman (ie the real man of steel lol)
Well just picture GTA 5's world and Superman doing missions around the map hearing people in danger with different situations. Bank robbers, car fallen into a ravine. Someone's child drowning. all these things i can picture in a Rockstar made open world cause GTA 5 open world is AMAZING. The limit will have to be that Superman cant breathe in space so cannot fly out of the atmosphere. Also the super villains will have to be powerful and some bank robbers say 1 in 5 of em are using kyrptonite augmented weapons so you have to avoid damage from them. Its abit like Batman where 1-2 out of 5 men are using guns. My dream is that Rockstar will make a Superman game, but for now I just have to wait for the Superman mods on GTA 5 once it lands on PC. Thats one of the top reasons for me to buy GTA 5 a 3rd time for my PC :P (Not getting it at launch tho)
I would like a watchmen game from them .
I would love to see what they could do with the Judge Dredd universe.
Holy shit ! that is genius ...... would love that #rocksteadydreddgame
I don't see what's so hard about a Superman game. His abilities can be easily translated to weapon type actions seen in other games. We have already had numerous open world games where the character could fly from one point to the other. Superman may be invulnerable but he is not invincible, so he can have a health bar and can be damaged by extreme means. The only thing that would be a challenge is duplicating the amount of damage to your environment in the same way Superman II and Man of Steel did. But who knows, if Crackdown turns out to be everything that is supposedly promised then we may have our answer to that problem.
Um, flying at Superhuman speed like supes would make the biggest open world game ever made look a small playground. He is just way too fast.
Play Superman Returns, they handled his speed and did it well. In Fact that game did a lot of things right for a Superman game.
I agree, even more after I played Saint Row IV. Have you played it yet? That game give you glimpse that an overpowered superhero game like Superman or Hulk can happen. They just need to adjust what kind of open world they would be in.
I'd really prefer to see Rocksteady make a Matrix game anyway. A 1080p, 60 fps version with the Arkham-style combat against 100 onscreen Agent Smiths would be awesome. Wouldn't even have to be the movies either. Could be another "Neo" before or after the films. Same awesome gameplay either way, especially now that Max Payne got video game bullet-time right.
A Captain America game would be really cool. RS could pull that off.
If not them, who else? Will we ever get a friggin good Superman game?!? Its money on the table, please somebody.
If they ever do another DC game, I'd say Green Arrow. I would TOTALLY play that.
Totally agree: the arkham games but with emphasis on ranged combat! That and they could cash in on the popularity of the TV show
We do need to wait I agree. Wait for the technology and while you wait you can work on the game ideas. I would love a sim type game with maybe even a hint of quantic dream esq gameplay. So you have to live a normal life as Clark,go to work,socialise ect. So being at the DP you would get all the news of disasters around the world and you make your choices which if you choose poorly or aren't fast enough then it has a gradual affect on the planet (people and natural). If you get caught changing then game over and of course you will have to have the constant threat of a nemesis! And fully destructible world..so we should wait :-(
I would prefer that Rocksteady do a Batman Beyond game. Future Batman FTW!!! Also, a Nightwing game set in Bludhaven would be most welcome! But a Superman game would be epic. Unfortunately we don't have a video game engine that can do a fully destructible open world yet but one day soon that will be a reality. I get pretty angry when people suggest that Superman is too powerful and can't be hurt and therefore a health bar won't work. This is pure ignorance. There are lots of ways that Superman can be hurt/killed. There are several characters in DC comics that can beat Superman in a 1 on 1 fight or at the very least wear him down. Magic and Kryptonite are extremely effective as well. On top of that, certain powers have cool down times (especially heat vision) further limiting his arsenal and recently in the comics, Superman gained a new power where he can use a solar flare attack that negates his powers for an extended period until he can recharge. When game engine progress far enough, I see no reason why a great Superman game can't be made.
i think we can do destruction to a certain extent, but the reason this hasnt been explored especially in an open world environment is for plot reasons. what would happen if a building was destroyed but was important for the plot a few missions later? area restrictions and so om. the general public also thinks superman is invincible, probably due to all the original superman movies that we have seen. i dont read comics so i wouldnt know how vulnerable he actually is.
a superman game can work, just maybe try and make it a origin or young superman type game where he hasnt mastered his skills yet. think about arkham games, its pretty hard to get killed in that game but it was still fun. was there any chapters in the superman comic where he was vulnerable? base it on that? the main important thing in these games is to have memorable boss fights.
Superman can easily be done.. But the Clark Kent side of thing would have to be included to pull it off.. Game starts like this.. a TV broadcast of a Shadowy Beast (Doomsday) beating Supers almost to death., Camera pans back, and immediately flashes to the Kent household and Martha just screams out in horror CLARK.. Then Clarks life flashes before her eyes... Then camera fades to black, the your back in the 1960's, Jonathan and Martha are in a pickup truck, and they see a meteors off in distances coming into atmosphere, then loud crash... They find Clark/Supers and that's where the journey begins. Learning Super strength, no laser vision, super breath, or flight available as a youth (basically a tutorial as u do little things like life the car up for dad, or the cliché save bus full of kids com going over the bridge... Fast forward, Clark is older working for Planet, investigating Lex Luther Etc... Have him be somewhat of a detective to see what Lex is up to ... Lex can't be the main bad guy in this type of game.. he can be one of the villains but as Clark/Supes powers grow be will need the challenge to pull it off... Game can be called "Memoirs of Martha Mint". Or "Memoirs of Clark Kent".. or Chronicles of Clark Kent... Even have a scene where a fight takes place between Supes and Zod on Earth and outer space... Even destroying a satellite that says Rock Steady 1 "Wayne CORP Technologies.. Boss fights: Lex Luther, Buzzaro, Zod, Doomsday, Etc... chains of events lead to some kind of final showdown with Dark Side YES I've already had that thought out... 😁😁😁
I've thought of some elements that I think would really make a fun superman game. First, supes would be the man-of-steel we know him as, meaning when he fights regular people/bank robbers/purse snatchers, etc. he will be the bullet proof badass he always is. Next, have plenty of compelling, interesting and very entertaining sneak/detective missions as clark kent in which using his superpowers would have to be done in secret (after all, he's trying to act human). I would have to think they'd be optional as too many people would likely complain about not being superman enough (not me, I love variety). Finally, after awhile, introduce an enemy group that can actually hurt superman in some way and while they will always be a threat (kryptonite powered guns?) superman will have to tackle differently, he will ALWAYS be able to go deal with regular human situations so any player can feel like a god amongst men whenever they want and take a break from the missions. It's hard to imagine a non-open world at this point, though, so lots of space to fly in would be pretty awesome.
Game would have to be open world. All powers would be intact as Clark, but he couldn't be obvious, when using them. He would have to use the ol' "I have to go the bathroom" line, and then snoop around. We should combine our powers and write the Ultimate Superman game... But a Superman title would have to span 3-4 titles as well. First game you would have boss fights of Lex, Metallo and Bizarro Second game would bring about another fight wit Luthor, then Zod and Doomsday.... Third game would have a final showdown with Lex (he would more of a pain in the butt in first games and then u finally put him away for good in 3rd game... Doomsday would be put away for good in 3rd game as well... and then some type of final showdown with Dark Side... 😃😁😁 28515;
I think it is really hard to make a Superman game because it would be like this.
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